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Lots vs. of vs. fake polls tonight

Wow! Is it my imagination, or are there a lot of really weird, obviously fake polls tonight? And what is with the person who keeps writing in all caps in part of the story? Anyone have a REAL baby they need help naming? Are there ANY real polls on this site anymore?

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Fake Polls Tonight


Poll created: Jan 29, 2011
Total Votes: 2


You’re 100% correct, and the teenagers writing them don’t want anyone pointing it out, either!

If anyone knows of a similar site for grown-ups, please post!
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 08:36 PM | report
Well, you’re right in some ways. A lot of these polls are pretty obviously fake, but then again, you never really know. Maybe you should wait before judging them. Every situation is unique, some are more realistic than others.

The sad thing is that the real polls tend to be the ones with the worst names, "tryndy" or "youneek" spellings and just plain terrible ideas.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 08:38 PM | report
I like nameberry. I used to really love this site.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 08:38 PM | report
This isn’t a real poll, either it’s just taking up space.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 08:40 PM | report
Thanks for the suggestion. I will try nameberry.

I used to like this site, too.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 08:40 PM | report
Ha! totally agreed, if you guys hate the site than leave. Dont keep making rude comments to people you dont know
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 08:41 PM | report
Multiples, teen mothers, adoptions when you already have 5 or 6 children... yes, the stories are getting bigger and bolder by the second.

But then again who are we to judge? I mean, the naming is all in fun, right? If someone’s looking for names, shouldn’t we give them to him/her? Whether it’s a fake poll or not, as long as it’s not rude, offensive or outright ridiculous, I don’t see the problem offering suggestions.

That’s just my 2 cents.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 08:42 PM | report
I have been polite to all the polls I leave input on, but it just seems that tonight and last there have been some out there polls, like Toilet Okra.....
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 08:44 PM | report
I’m conflicted here. While I agree that there are a lot of fake polls on BNG, I also think that 7th poster has a point. I really don’t have an issue with offering naming advice to someone who’s not really pregnant.

And also, if you really don’t like this site anymore, why not find another one? I don’t mean that in a rude way, but why waste your time complaining about fake polls when you could be looking for a new baby naming site to offer advice on?
posted by Gracie :: Jan 29, 2011 08:46 PM | report
I don’t mind leaving input on a poll where the poller might not be pregnant- but I dislike obviously fake stories. I have done the- if you had triplets what would you name them, but do not like- thought I was having twins, and had a mystery triplet polls.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 08:48 PM | report
I agree with 6th, 7th and 9th posters. If you don’t like the site anymore, don’t bother coming on. We don’t want to put up with your rude comments as much as you don’t want to put up with fake polls.
posted by Lil :: Jan 29, 2011 08:49 PM | report
I understand that a lot of you are very young, and hey-good for you-but when you have really been through some of the situations that are made into "soap operas," on here you would understand why some of us find them more offensive than fun.

Real adoptions take Years and thousands of dollars.

Real infertility is Heartbreaking and Rarely results in multiples-and often ends with no bundle at all.

Real, large families take work, prayer, and tons and tons of resources.

Real grief is a lifelong process-not a matter of months and a quick hop on the internet.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 08:49 PM | report
I don’t feel as if I have been rude at all. I simply am sharing my impressions, and know that a lot of others feel the same way. I have offered advice to many tonight, but just feel that tonight there seems to be a lot of fake polls. I agree with the above poller as well. I don’t see how I have made any rude comments, though.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 08:52 PM | report
I agree with poster number 12 - somewhat. Yes, real adoptions take years, but that doesn’t mean the child can’t be fostered beforehand.

Of course infertility is heartbreaking, but with the proper treatment and care, pregnancy IS possible (though I agree that multiples are extremely rare).

Real, large families can take work and tons of resources, though they could also just as easily be the product of carelessness and lack of proper birth control.

And as for real grief, everyone has different ways of dealing with it. If it helps someone in even the smallest way to come onto a website like this and ask for advice, then who are we to turn them away?
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 08:52 PM | report
A mystery triplet is not always fake. We have been praying for week for a woman who thought she was pregnant with twins until she lost two babies and had one left.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 08:54 PM | report
13th poster, that’s just fine, and you’re obviously welcome to share your impressions on a site such as this. However, sometimes the way we type and what we type can give the wrong sort of impression, and what we meant to come off as merely an opinion can appear extremely rude. I think everyone on this site needs to take into account that while there are lots of fake polls here, there are also real ones - and we need to consider the feelings of the pregnant women who make them.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 08:54 PM | report
Wow. If you don’t think it’s real, don’t post. Are you seriously that ignorant?
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 08:57 PM | report
I agree, poster above me. The triplet poll I was referring to was a few months ago ( I was on bedrest), and she said she delivered twins, and then a couple of hours later, delivered a third, surprise baby, that she was 41 weeks along, and a lot of otherwise fake information....
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 08:57 PM | report
If you don’t like the name say no, don’t bash the name and make the poster feel bad. I recently asked about naming my daughter Wesleigh after her late uncle, and someone left a tacky hurtful comment on the poll. A simple no would have been a lot better.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 08:59 PM | report
No, I am not ignorant at all. I have not called names, and have been respectful. I do not leave input on polls I feel are fake, and noticed that a larger than usual numbers of polls seemed to be fake tonight.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 08:59 PM | report
I have to say that I think this poll is a lot more juvenile than some of the "fake" polls you’re referring to.

What does it matter if a poll is real or fake? I come on this site to find names, share my naming ideas with others and to help parents find the perfect name for their little angel(s). If I happen to find a fake poll along the way, it doesn’t bother me.

I simply skip over polls I consider to be fake and don’t waste my time leaving pointless, accusatory comments. OP, maybe you should consider doing the same.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:00 PM | report
I am sorry you feel that way. I also help parents, and if I happen to find a fake poll, skip it. However, as I have mentioned, tonight seemed to have an unusually high number of polls that seemed to be fake. I was wondering if this was typical for weekends, because in the summer, I remember that there was an increase as more teens and children were on summer vacation. I do think that it matters if pollers are telling fake stories, as it is often done so simply to get a reaction.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:02 PM | report
A lot of the posters on this site CAN be very hurtful. If a name is not to your taste, simply leave a polite, constructive comment and maybe a suggestion for a new name.

And if you think that a poll is fake, do as the poster above me said and skip over it. Don’t waste your time or the poll posters time by making fun of it or calling her out.

Like we were taught as kids, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:04 PM | report
OP, are you ever on here on other weekends? Does it seem like there is an exceeding amount of fake polls then, too? Something to think about....
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:07 PM | report
I can deal with fake polls as long as the stories aren’t too elaborate, the names are tolerable and the spellings are correct. But if I saw THIS, for example:

"Haii bbz, I’m Daniyela and I’m 14 and PREGO! It’z gna be quad girls and I need names 4 ALL of them! I lyk tryndy names lyk Myckynly. Thnx bbz xoxo <3 D!"

Now THAT would make me mad.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:07 PM | report
I am generally not on during the weekends. Typically, I will check in the afternoon after work on some days. Got addicted to the site after using it to help name my baby girl! But tonight I have a fussy baby, and thought I would get on for awhile, and noticed a lot of polls that I questioned. Was just curious if this was typical on weekends....
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:09 PM | report
I have been on here multiple times and never seen a single poll that looks that absurd... how old are you? 16? doesnt make you better than a 14 year old. Please just drop this nonsense and get back to the important task of this site. Helping mothers pick the best name for a beautiful innocent baby.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:11 PM | report
Our job isn’t to question polls, it’s to offer baby naming advice. I for one would be insulted if someone accused my poll of being fake. And what makes you think a poll is fake, anyway?

Just because there happen to be a lot of multiples polls doesn’t mean ONE of them isn’t real, and what if that one poll is the one you attack?

I had twin girls last summer, Riley Janine and Jessica Rae, and I bet 99% of you think that I’m a fake just because I had twins.

You should think before you judge.
posted by MommyToRiley&Jess! :: Jan 29, 2011 09:12 PM | report
I’m helping vote on names so I can expose myself to a variety of names to roll around in my head. I don’t care if the polls are fake. It helps me think about name choices all the same. When the polls have (what I consider to be) ridiculously youneek names, I just skip them, because they don’t help my own cause. If there are no good polls, then I will take my top 3 b/g names and create a poll. And maybe it is a bunch of teenagers answering my polls but in one sense the young can feel the pulse of fashion trends and alert me to how hot or cold a name is. It’s all good. And if you are grieving some adoption/infertility issues, maybe you should find a supportive forum on topic for your pain. This is a public forum for naming, and there’s nothing wrong with having fun while doing it. Young people can’t stop their lives for our emotional trauma, it’s we who must accept our own traumas and accept the joys and playfulness of young mothers, mothers to be, and wanna-be mothers.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:14 PM | report
Let’s be honest, BNG isn’t a place to discuss things like infertility and miscarriage. If a poller wants to include the information because she feels it will help our decision, that’s entirely her choice. It’s not an invitation to question the validity of her poll or her pregnancy.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:16 PM | report
I have a hard time believing that you have not seen a poll you have questioned. Perhaps I will cut and paste a few that I think are fake.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:17 PM | report
I am not going to be mean to anyone, but I will say this:
By being rude, it hurts peoples feelings and they get offended and may not return to the site again. Then, when you post a poll and don’t get much feedback, you really can’t complain.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:18 PM | report
OP, I don’t think anyone is questioning the fact that there are fake polls on this site, because of course there are going to be fake polls. Bored teenagers, or young women who want to be mothers. We’ve all done something like it at one point or another.

But posting a fake poll on a baby naming website isn’t a crime. It’s just harmless fun. It’s not hurting anybody, and if it really upsets you, then you shouldn’t be on the internet at all.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:19 PM | report
Oh for goodness’ sake. Who CARES if a poll is real or fake? Get over yourself. As the poster above me said, posting a fake poll is far from a criminal offence. If it bothers you that much then stop logging on.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:24 PM | report
Someone did in fact state they have never seen a post they thought was absurd. Here are a couple:
Hi, it’s Grace and Jackson again. We were on here last week about name suggestions for our quintuplets (4 boys & we don’t know the gender of the last one). After spending the weekend thinking and talking with family we decided to do something with their initials. Their initials will be A.Z., B.Y., C.X., D.W., E.V. We could really use some suggestions for each initial. Thanks SO much

Arabesque Jennifer vs. Organza Sarah vs. Toilette OkraI’m stuck on ideas and i’m supposed to go into labor in two days and i’m beyond frightened, what if i get scared and name my child something stupid?? Please help, i need comments tonight because i’m using my friends computer, because i’m staying at her house untill the baby is born. Thank you so much!

Tarzan Simba vs. Hercules Rafeeki vs. Clark KentIm having trouble deciding. Any suggestions? Joining older sister Cinderella Jazmine(5). Thanks!
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:26 PM | report
I never said it was a criminal offense, but rather annoying, and stated that it seems to be a high number tonight.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:27 PM | report
Those type of posts that you pasted are clearly fake, no-one is contesting that. But if there’s a poll that you simply suspect to be fake then just skip it and move on. Accusing the poster of lying just makes you seem like a witch and could possibly be very hurtful to a pregnant, hormonal women.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:27 PM | report
Well, you find fake polls annoying, I find comments accusing polls of being fake annoying. Maybe you should find another website to troll on.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:29 PM | report
That is what I normally do, skip the post. I do not accuse anyone of lying on their post. I am simply saying it seems like a great deal are fake tonight, and was curious to see if it was a weekend problem.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:29 PM | report
But by posting this poll, you ARE accusing people of lying. I don’t think it’s necessary, and I think you’re a very ignorant individual to just ASSUME that people with unique situations are faking it. That’s such a backwards, Bible-pushing attitude that I can’t even BEGIN to tell you what’s wrong with it.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:32 PM | report
The fact that a ridiculous poll like this has 40 (about to be 41) comments actually makes me sick. Why don’t you stop arguing and actually help the people who need names?
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:38 PM | report
Hi, I’m going into labor now! Omg! Plz help me pick a name. I have no idea and the baby could be here ANY minute! Here’s the initials I want to use for my babies:
S.T.F.U. vs. R.O.F.L. vs. L.M.A.O.
WDYT???? Thanks for all your help, I’ll come back on after the next contraction--godbless!
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:47 PM | report
OP, my kids are named Ryanne Latisha, Spensar Jean and Evann Courtney. How does that make you feel? Am I fake?
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:49 PM | report
I posted this poll simply to state, and ask if the unusually high number of seemingly fake polls was par for the course on weekends. I continued to politely assist other pollers, and did not act disrespectfully, or bring anyone’s religion into it, which I thought to be unnecessary. The poll took on a life of its own, with many people posting things, like the poster above " Ryanne Latisha..... am I fake?" We all know that there are indeed fake polls on this site. I generally skip them, and do not leave hurtful comments on anyone’s polls.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 09:59 PM | report
Oh come on people! She/he is right. There are tons of fake polls on here all the time, and you know it! She never said anything about people with unique situations lying, but come on.... we have seen polls with the posters saying all kinds of crazy things.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 10:01 PM | report
I completely agree. I think that it would be helpful if we all had to sign in on this site. I think it would cut down on the rude comments made by some, as well as the fake polls.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 10:02 PM | report

There are fake polls. There are youneek polls. There are people insulted by the fakeness and youneekness. There are pollsters insulted at being called fake-some because they are real, some because they are lonely. There are people who don’t mind all that and keep coming to share in the forum. Each little piece is true in context of the whole says Yoda. Someone please incorporate Yoda into a poll tonight. Thanks, love.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 10:56 PM | report
The only way it’s going to stop is if like pp said making everyone sign in. Until then people are going to post polls to cause drama or get attention.
posted by guest :: Jan 29, 2011 11:24 PM | report
But if everyone had to sign in then that would seriously cut down on the amount of people who give/get advice. I know that I like being able to just come onto BNG, look through polls and offer advice. I don’t want to have to waste my time entering login details. Besides, some fake pollers have good naming suggestions, whether their polls are real or not - and if we all have to sign in then I’m going to guess the fake pollers would disappear, taking their suggestions along with them.
posted by guest :: Jan 30, 2011 06:45 AM | report
Why are you taking this so personally?
posted by guest :: Jan 30, 2011 08:36 AM | report
Poster-I’m with you. I think the people defending the fake polls are some of the ones who created them.
Lord help them if they really have fertility problems or have to adopt...they are in for a big surprise and will feel so ashamed for having "poked fun" at these problems when they were a young, foolish, teen.

Poster-don’t back are right!
posted by guest :: Jan 30, 2011 08:48 AM | report
Thank you. I know a lot of people dislike the fake polls, and was wondering where they were.....
posted by guest :: Jan 30, 2011 09:18 AM | report
Sorry you were so alone last night. Usually everyone agrees with polls like this. The teens must be having a snow day from school or something because there have been so many fake polls lately. I can’t believe they don’t have another site they’d rather be on. I swear they must have contests to she who can get the most comments!!! :)
posted by guest :: Jan 30, 2011 09:26 AM | report
I don’t think there is any harm done by people who make fake polls, it’s fun! I mean just go with it!
posted by guest :: Jan 30, 2011 06:28 PM | report
I think fake polls are fine if there isn’t a huge life story or drama thrown in (adoption, infertility etc.) I have no problem helping people if their poll is fake unless they create an elaborate lie.

Still, I don’t think you should get so irritated by fake polls. Most of them ARE created by bored teenagers, right? And I for one would much rather know that my teenagers were sitting at home, creating polls about baby names than going out and actually getting pregnant.
posted by guest :: Jan 31, 2011 11:55 AM | report

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